FAQ - UFN

 

•     Intro Philately
•     Intro Numismatics
•     How to become customers of the UFN
•     The Philatelic subscription
•     How to place an order
•     Philatelic Complementary items
•     Costs and Payment terms


 

 

Intro Philately

Stamps are issued in sets consisting of one or more values on the same topic; the philatelic set is the easiest way to collect the stamps of the State.

The Vatican City stamps are generally printed on sheets of 10 values except for one or two series every year issued on smaller sheets, the so-called Mini-sheets.

Once a year one or more stamps are inserted in a philatelic booklet.
Sheet lets, Mini-sheets and booklets are also very often collected.

Once or many times a year the Office, in collusion with other Postal administrations, can release joint philatelic issues  on the same topic and with an identical design of the foreign State involved.

By Postal stationery are meant those complementary philatelic items composed of a stationery item and a postage

- An Aerogram, is a thin piece of foldable paper with a printed stamp which is ready to be used for transit via airmail.
- Postcards are postal cards which can have several postages pre-printed on them.


Intro Numismatics

The Vatican City has the possibility to issue a certain quantity of coins which has been arranged by an agreement  with Italy and the European community.
In this case we talk about the Serie Divisionale that is the complete Euro set
depicting on the one side the effigy of the Holy Father and on the other side an image which varies every year.
There are two versions of it: the FDC set ( the eight euro values) and the Proof set  ( the eight Proof  euro values with a silver medal).
Every year some commemorative coins are also releases: generally one 2 Euro coin, two silver coins of 5 and 10 Euros, two gold coins of 20 and 50 euros and since 2008 one 100 Euro Gold coin.

 

How to become customers of the UFN

To subscribe to the philatelic Office it is  necessary to send a request complete with name, address, date of birth, telephone number and an eventual e-mail address clearly indicating the words New Philatelic Customer or
New Numismatic Customer.
This requests have to be sent to:

Mail: Philatelic and Numismatic Office, Customer Assistance Sector, 00120  Vatican  City
e-mail: order.ufn@scv.va
Fax: 0039 06 69881308


We inform You that for the Numismatics at the moment the request will be inserted in a waiting list and only later will be coded in the order of arrival.

 

The Philatelic subscription

Customers who want to have the certainty of receiving all year issues
can reserve a year subscription filling in a red form that this Office will send to new subscribers.
This Office offers the possibility to personalize each subscription choosing items
(philatelic sets, mini-sheets, booklet, postal stationery), quantities and the eventual obliteration of the set with postmark.
 
 The year Subscription will grant the reception of the material selected within February of the following year and without extra charges. 
After subscribing customers will continue to receive information  and order forms for additional requests (black order form) to use only in case of philatelic requests in addition to the quantity or the items included in the subscription. Please note that the additional orders will require an additional payment, since all customers have an account where all payments are credited and the fact of ordering without sending the respective amount can block the shipment of the Year subscription.
Material is sent by “port payé” freepost

Note: the subscription does not include the joint issue of foreign states, which must be booked separately.

 

How to place an order
 
After registering and obtaining a customer and a Pin code (which are necessary to enter the telephone answering system) it is possible to place orders.
Customers with a year subscription can also order some additional items using the black form which will be sent at every issue.
Customers without a subscription can order stamps at each issue using the blue order form for philatelic requests.
The form must be filled in according to the indications given  about eventual allotments or availability, shipping charges ( registered or insured mail) or the possibility of requesting cancelled sets or sets on envelope.
Customers who wish to place an order and do not have an order form can write their order on a common sheet of paper giving name and customer code and reproducing the structure of our order forms.
If not already endowed with a customer code please see the section dedicated to the registration into our mailing list.

 

Philatelic Complementary items

Philatelic annual Book: where all sets issued throughout the year are collected and inserted in small plastic bags with illustrations, descriptions and technical data in four languages ( Italian, English, French, German)
The Philatelic book can not be included in the philatelic subscription and must be booked separately with the order form sent on issue.
The philatelic and numismatic cover is the ideal combination of both numismatic and philatelic items. It consists of a folder with the current 2 Euro commemorative coin and a set of stamps with a special postmark with a common topic.

 

Costs and Payment terms

The only payment terms are: credit card (Visa and Mastercard), international postal order and Bank Draft or Cheque.
This Office doesn’t provide for cash payments.
The prices reported below refer to the current year 2014::

PHILATELICS:

Philatelic Subscription
Philatelic sets and blocks € 35,00
Mini Sheets € 28,00
Philatelic booklet € 6,00
Postal Stationery € 11,00

The Cost of the Subscription is the same for cancelled sets and the shipment is free of charge.
Shipping charges for philatelic orders out of subscription are  € 2,60 by registered mail and € 6,00 by insured mail.

NUMISMATICS:

2014 Euro Coin Set – BU Version € 35,00
2014 Euro Coin Set – Proof Version with 20 Euro Silver € 160,00
2013 2 Euro Commemorative Bimetallic Coin € 17,00
2013 5 Euro Silver Celebrative Coin – € 58,00
2013 10 Euro Silver Celebrative Coin – € 69,00
2013 20 Euro Commemorative Gold Coin  – € 308,00
2013 50 Euro Commemorative Gold Coin – € 700,00
2014 100 Euro Commemorative Gold Coin – € 1750,00
2014 10 Euro Commemorative Gold Coin – € 195,00
2013 200 Euro Commemorative Gold Coin – € 2990,00

Shipping charges: registered mail € 6,00 – insured mail € 6,00.
Should the mail weigh more than 2 kilos delivery will be made by carrier and a specific charge will be imposed.

COMPLEMENTARY ITEMS:

Philatelic annual Book:
Shipping charges within Europe for 1 Book are: € 8,00 by recorded mail and € 10,00 by registered mail; for two or more books delivery will be made by carrier and a specific charge will be imposed.
Shipment out of Europe: € 11,00 for 1 Book;  for two or more books delivery will be made by carrier and a specific charge will be imposed.

Philatelic and Numismatic Cover:
The cover being stamped there is no Shipment charge to pay.